EPA looks to tighten truck air pollution standards
Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler will announce today his plans to review — and likely make more stringent — air pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks. Why it matters: This is the first time the EPA under President Trump is looking to significantly tighten — not loosen — air pollution regulations. Most of EPA's focus for the last nearly two years has been to roll back environmental rules issued by then-President Barack Obama.
The California Trucking Association and two independent owner-operators are suing California over the state’s test to determine if a driver is an employee or a contractor. The association and operators Ravinder Singh and Thomas Odom filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on Oct. 25 seeking relief against the test, which was decided upon in Dynamex Operations West Inc. v. Superior Court of Los Angeles.
America's trucking industry is facing a host of challenges, from labor shortages to fluctuating fuel prices. In response to these challenges, a number of companies are developing innovative technologies that could ultimately spur widespread change throughout the industry. Building off of the growth of the electric-car industry, several companies are looking to transition the diesel-based trucking industry to electric.
Truckers Sue to Prevent Application of “Dynamex” Decision on California’s Owner-Operators
(SACRAMENTO) – Today, the California Trucking Association (CTA) and two California independent owner-operator drivers filed a lawsuit in U.S. Southern District Court seeking declaratory and injunctive relief against the unconstitutional interpretation of the state’s wage order test by the California Supreme Court (Court) in its Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court (Dynamex) decision. In the suit, plaintiffs contend that the Dynamex decision prohibits independent owner-operator drivers from contracting and performing trucking services for licensed motor carriers in California.
That juicy, charbroiled burger you just ordered might be doing more than adding inches to your waistline. In California, flame-kissed beef patties are also fouling the air and the state is cracking down on pollution from restaurant grills.
Regulators in California’s worst pockets of air pollution are turning up the heat on restaurants: Air pollution control districts want burger places to register whether they use charbroilers, while others are offering restaurants money to switch to greener technology.